If you know what spring cleaning signifies, you most likely have some notion what it means to winterize your home. As soon as fall season arrives you really should inspect your home's readiness for the upcoming winter. During fall it is actually easier to examine the outside of the home, since the foliage is dying away and you can more easily see if shrubs are attached to the house. House siding is easily damaged by roots and vines that cling to the exterior - even bricks aren't immune - and they should be cleaned off.
When you are done watering for the year, you should drain all of the hose, and roll them up to be stored away. The exterior faucets need to have the water turned off, and then permitted to drain dry. When you think you won't use the garden furniture again that year, get it cleaned and stored in a dry place. You should protect any young trees you've got with mulch, particularly in their first year of growth. All drainage ditches really should be cleared so they can cope with any heavy rains.
Cold temperature naturally leads one's thoughts to fireplaces. Masonry sweeps are in high demand wih the initial cold spell, so avoid the queue and get in early. If you use firewood, do not postpone in finding someone and getting a good supply built up. When you find yourself in a rural area, check for local residents selling firewood without advertising. No matter if you make use of a fireplace during the winter, you should check all of your smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Some people leave holiday lights up all year, and the cords should be checked for flexibility. When you use storm windows, they ought to be installed. Hot weather dries out weather-stripping, so check if they need changing.
Over the winter months, the windows are still closed most of the time, so make sure that the filters in your range hood are in good working order. Do a examination of the ground-slope all around the house, ensuring that it falls away from the walls. You wouldn't like the difficulties associated with water getting into the basement or the foundation. The first damage is wet rot, which eventually leads to dry rot, and this is definitely something to be averted anywhere in your home. Make the attempt of verifying, at regular intervals, that water is not seeping into your home.
It is apparently inevitable that water leaks come, and the most likely places are the roof, the gutter and down-spouts, and the inside plumbing. Set a priority to get any leaks you find fixed. Encapsulate any outside pipes, certainly so if your house is older, and cut down drafts by placing a cover over air-conditioning units. It is a wise decision to shampoo the carpets and rugs, since dust is more noticeable in the winter. Finish off by cleaning the house windows.